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Rare Conundrum
Bert Jansch
Rare Conundrum
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
 
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1977 album from the British Folk legend. A Rare Conundrum was Jansch's third and final album for Charisma Records and was recorded in 1976. Jansch is an innovative and acco...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bert Jansch
Title: Rare Conundrum
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Emd Int'l
Release Date: 6/23/2009
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Album Description
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1977 album from the British Folk legend. A Rare Conundrum was Jansch's third and final album for Charisma Records and was recorded in 1976. Jansch is an innovative and accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. His solo work is extremely influential as is his recordings as a founding member of Pentangle. Includes three bonus tracks: 'Three Dreamers', 'Dragonfly' and 'Candyman'. Virgin. 2009.

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CD Reviews

Finally . . . and still A Rare Conundrum!
Wayne Dawson | New Zealand | 10/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even though this album consists of highs and averages, it's still a solid album. Thanks to an older brother, I had the good fortune of appreciating this release when it was first issued during the halcyon punk and new wave days of 1977. Although the liner notes are generally correct in stating this kind of finely wrought folk didn't make much of an impression during those brashly creative days, it certainly seemed like a sylvan glade amongst an urban riot at the time and had a way of freshening up your ears for dealing with the more abrasive material of the new wave. In many ways, it was very much part of those pluralistic times, compared to today's monotonous, unimaginative offerings.

The remastering is superb making an album that already sparkled positively glisten: Daybreak, One to a Hundred, Pretty Saro, Doctor, Doctor; 3 AM, The Curragh and Lost Love are all sterling performances. On Doctor, Doctor, we're treated to an unaccompanied banjo groove by Bert, doing what he does best.

The band is just great with violin, drums, bass and acoustic guitar all on the same musical frequency and as with all of Bert's music, there's always space for a raunchy drumming groove to beef things up, as on Lost Love.

So good to have this recording back in the collection and perhaps more than ever it really is A Rare Conundrum.


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Worth the Wait!
revdrtomb | USA | 10/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm almost embarrassed to say how long I've been searching for this album on CD. A friend let me borrow her LP years ago, and I made a cassette tape of it and wore it out. I'd almost lost hope that I'd ever get to hear this again. What a gem this is! The melodies are accessible, Bert's guitar playing is, as usual, outstanding, and the variety of styles is wonderfully refreshing. One of the 10 best albums I've had the pleasure of listening to."
Not bad not his best
Book McTell | New York City | 10/05/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"not bad, a bit more "ralph Mctell" cheese than dylan folk. However ther L,A turnaround reissue was great. Be warned the Santa Barbara honeymoon reissue is absolute s@#@#**T! stay away. And buy the live river sessions for sure."